Hot Rods blow five-run lead

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After stealing a win from the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night, the Hot Rods relinquished an early five-run lead and lost 8-7 at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Friday.

Bowling Green broke out to the early lead in the second, scoring four runs starting with a solo homer from first basemen Bobby Melley. The Hot Rods tacked on the final three runs via a throwing error from TinCaps starting pitcher Lake Bachar and a pair of RBI singles from outfielder Emilio Gustave and shortstop Luis Rengifo.

All four Hot Rods runs during the inning came with two outs.

After Bowling Green got a solo homer from outfielder Garrett Whitley in the top of the third inning to go up 5-0, the TinCaps started their comeback in the bottom of the third inning on a two-run homer from shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Following a TinCaps run in the fourth inning on a solo homer from first basemen/catcher G.K. Young, the Hot Rods scored their final two runs of the game in the sixth inning on a RBI single from infielder Miles Mastrobuoni and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of catcher Rene Pinto to go up by a score of 7-3.

Pinto extended his hit streak to 11 games later in the game while Mastrobuoni was one of two Hot Rods hitters to pace the offensive attack with two hits.

The game unraveled for BG in the bottom of the seventh inning where the TinCaps sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs against starter Chris Pike (3-4) and righty Joe Serrapica to take their first and final lead of the game.

During the surge, Fort Wayne got a two-run triple from outfielder Jack Suwinski and a sacrifice fly from outfielder Buddy Reed against Pike while Serrapica walked designated hitter Jorge Ona and Young with the bases loaded.

Jose Galindo (1-0) and closer Hansel Rodriguez (S, 8) combined to blank the Hot Rods offense through the final four innings.

With the loss, the Hot Rods four-game win streak at Parkview Field was snapped.

Bowling Green will try to restart their winning ways at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.